'''Henry Dixon Cowell''' (; March 11, 1897 – December 10, 1965) was an American composer
, music theory|music theorist
, teacher, publisher, and impresario
. His contribution to the world of music was summed up by Virgil Thomson
, writing in the early 1950s:The most recent standard collection of Virgil Thomson's writings, edited by Richard Kostelanetz
and published in 2002, identifies Thomson's statement as undated. The statement is excerpted at length in the liner notes to the Smithsonian Folkways CD ''Henry Cowell: Piano Music'' issued in 1993. There the quote is dated 1953, but no source is provided. Given that (a) many of the dates listed for Cowell's piano pieces in the Folkways liner notes are incorrect (see Hicks , p. 80, for more on that topic) and (b) Thomson refers to "experiments begun three decades ago," a date earlier than 1953 is plausible.
Henry Cowell's music covers a wider range in both expression...